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19 August 2013 

Deputy Foreign Minister Shakir;

Dr. Hamad, Chief of Staff of His Excellency the Prime Minister of Iraq;

Excellencies of the diplomatic corps;

Government officials;

Special Representative of the Secretary-General ad interim;

UN staff and colleagues;

Ladies and gentlemen;

Good morning.

New York, 19 August 2013  - This sad date is carved in the collective memory of the United Nations family. 

On 23rd July 2013, the Iraqi Council of Ministers approved the designation of the Central Marshes of Iraq as the country’s first National Park. The efforts to declare this unique landscape a park and protected area began in 2006 through a joint effort by Iraq's Ministry of Water Resources, Ministry of Environment, and Ministry of Municipalities with support from Nature Iraq, an Iraqi environmental conservation organization, and other national and international institutions. Financial support for the effort came from the Italian Ministry of Environment, Land & Sea.

Iraq’s Commission of Integrity, with the support of the Central Statistics Office and UNDP Iraq launched findings from its study on corruption and integrity in Iraq’s public sector.

In Kurdistan, the Kurdistan Parliament formally ratified the Child Protection Law on 28 July 2013. This important protection law seeks to improve the lifestyle of Kurdish children.  The long awaited ratification of the treaty, which demands protection of children’s rights, came after a long discussion among Kurdish law makers on Sunday. According to the law, this is the duty of government to enhance citizen’s understanding of child rights, and to deal with child labor that the region is facing.

In Dohuk, UNICEF Spanish Committee Ambassador and two-time NBA champion Pau Gasol returned from a visit to Syrian refugees.

UNFPA organized two parallel peer education training sessions in June and July with the participation of 34 young Syrian refugees and four women volunteers who work in the Women’s Social Centre.

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  • Agency UNFPA

Summer is not a synonym for holidays, at least not for the group of women leaders and MPs from the Women for Lasting Peace Initiative that met with UN representatives in Baghdad on 17 July 2013.

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  • Agency UNAMI

By Fabienne Vinet, PIO, UNAMI

Being a journalist in Iraq is still often a challenge, but being a woman journalist in Iraq is even more difficult. Under-represented, often underestimated and poorly equipped, the route is not easy for the women who hope to work in media.

“Turning your hobby into your work is one of the best things that can happen in life,” said Mr. Idriss Najehl, a beekeeper from Abu Khanazeer village in the province of Diyala.

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